Interesting Facts About Texas

  • More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
  • The Hertzberg Circus Museum in San Antonio contains one of the largest assortments of circusana in the world.
  • Texas’ most populous county is Harris county with 3.4 million residents in Houston. The least populated county is Loving county with 67 residents.
  • On December 20, 1835 the first Declaration of Texas Independence was signed in Goliad and the first flag of Texas Independence was hoisted.
  • Texas possesses 23,292 farms with 1,000 acres or more for a total of 132 million acres, or 80% of the state land area,
  • Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.
  • Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  • The first offensive action of the Texas Revolution occurred in Goliad on October 9, 1835 when local colonists captured the fort and town.
  • Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
  • Texas has 90 mountains a mile or more high, with Guadalupe Peak in West Texas at 8,751 feet being the tallest.
  • Texas has 215 cities with a population of 10,000 or more.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area has more residents – 5,221,801 – than 31 U.S. states. For example, Arizona has about 5.1 million residents.
  • The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
  • Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.
  • A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
  • Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation’s total area.
  • El Paso, Texas is closer to Needles, California (516 miles) than it is to Dallas, Texas (571 miles)
  • Texas’ largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles. Connecticut (5,544 Sq Mi), Delaware (2,489 Sq Mi) and Rhode Island (1,545 Sq Mi) can fit inside this county.
  • The King Ranch itself near Corpus Christi is larger than the state of Rhode Island and includes 50,000 head of cattle.
  • Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.
  • Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest which includes four national and five state forests.